Carroll County (1-4) can take solace in knowing it produced a well-played game September 21 against Glenvar (5-0) despite the 27-18 loss. The Cavaliers can claim some high ground in staying within 10 points of an undefeated and veteran Highlanders’ team that defeated Carroll 49-14 a year ago.
“Well, we gave up the big ball. Daggone, that killed us,” said Carroll County head coach Jack Turner, referring to Glenvar’s 38- yard second quarter touchdown pass. “With these guys right here you have to be perfect, you know. You give up the big ball right there, and the two long runs in the second half. I thought we moved the ball. Just proud of the kids. I hate moral victories so it’s time. We got through this gauntlet (of consecutive games against tough opponents in Grayson, Galax, Pulaski and Glenvar).”
Turner complimented Glenvar Coach Kevin Clifford and said his squad, saying it was a great football team which will probably go 10-0 this year. While Turner said the opening gauntlet is now behind them, “it doesn’t get any easier.” He said the Cavs had two days of practice and faced off against Pulaski followed by two days-and-a-half of practice before the Glenvar game.
“I’m just proud of my kids but still disappointed. My gosh you play a team like this. I have a lot of respect for Coach Clifford and his kids,” Turner said. “ This Three Rivers District is tough. We are fighters. I’m surprised how hard the kids play and they keep coming back. Lord knows I coach them hard and I’m on their butts but I’m just proud of them and it’s time to get a victory. Give me a year and I’ll turn us around…. I told you it was going to take me a year.”
The Highlanders scored in the second quarter with 4:41 left before halftime on a 38-yard pass from Landry Gerbers. Kaid Fuhrman’s extra point was good as Glenvar’s offense got in gear.
The Green and Gold men hit paydirt before halftime for 14 points on a 16-yard run by James Street and a 19-yard scamper by Jordan Alexander topped off with successful kicks by Fuhrman.
Carroll rallied back in the fourth quarter as Dylan Rodrigue scored rushing touchdowns of 29 and 52 yards. Cassell McMillian capped off the Cavaliers’ offense with a 6-yard run at the 1:28 point in the final stanza for six more. Glenvar’s Street answered Carroll’s first touchdown with a successful 52-yard run at the 9:59 point. The Highlander’s two-point run failed.
Carroll had 11 first downs and amassed 245 yards in 44 rushes. Glenvar had 14 first downs with 90 yards passing. The Cavs had one interception while the Highlanders hit the mark on 5-of-9 passes.
Rodrigue had a huge ground game for Carroll, running for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. McMillian gained 51 yards on 17 carries for the Cavaliers. Street placed the Glenvar offense with 128 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Carroll 0 0 0 18 – 18
Glenvar 0 7 14 6 – 27
G – Sebold 38 pass from Gerbers (Fuhrman kick)
Gl – Street 16 run (Furman kick)
CC – Rodrigue 29 run (kick failed)
G – Street 73 run (kick blocked)
CC – Rodrique 52 run (run failed)
CC: McMillian 6 run (run failed)
First downs 11 14
Rushes-yards 44-245 37-249
Passing yards 0 90
Passing 0-1-0 5-9-0
Penalties-yards 1-10 5-46
RUSHING – Rodrigue 22-177, McMillian 17-51, Motley 2-17; Horton 1-2; Davidson 2-minus 2.
PASSING – Motley 0-1-0 0 yds.
RECEIVING – None.
RUSHING – Street 10-128, Loder 18-91, J. Alexander 3-28.
PASSING – Gerbers 5-9-0 90 yds.
RECEIVING – Seabolt 3-55, W. Alexander 1-20, Forster 1-15.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@Carroll News Dave